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14 Things You Never Knew Could Be Hacked

July 11th, 2016

In thihackeds day and age, it’s common knowledge that your computer can be hacked.  But what you probably didn’t know, is that there are many other devices, items and industries that are also at risk. In an article found on EpicEcommerce, you can read about 14 things that you never knew could be hacked.

Toilets – Yes! Your toilet can be hacked.  That is if you have a smart toilet. Hackers can cause these toilets to repeatedly flush and also turn on the spotlight.

Gas Pumps – Research has found that gas pumps can be hacked through denial of service attacks and other methods. One kind of attack can cause the wrong kind of fuel to dispense, which could ruin your engine!

TV’s – many tv’s now come with wifi capabilities that can be connected to streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. Research has found that smart TV’s can be hacked just as often as computers.

These are just a few of the 14 things that can be hacked.  Check out the article here to read all of them!

Free Sources For Infographics

April 26th, 2016


Infographics are a wonderful way to get the attention of your readers.  They get to the point quickly and are easy to follow with visuals, charts, figures and minimal words. If you want to create some inforgraphics for your site, but aren’t sure where to start, don’t fret.  There are plenty of sites that offer free templates or trials to help you on your way.  In an article from Karen Schmidt of EpicEcommerce, she lists 7 great free resources for Infographics.







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7 Free Sources for Infographics|EpicEcommerce

Tips For Social Media Success

March 29th, 2016

social mediaYou may wonder if social media is really that important for your ecommerce site. The answer is a definitive yes! Social media is a quick and easy way to advertise for free. In an article written by EpicEcommerce, they refer to some studies and statistics from Mike Jones that will help you understand just how important social media is to the success of your business.

80% of US adults shop online.  While emails and search engine traffic are important, studies show that social media traffic is where the money is. Some social media sites are better than others. Facebook and Pinterest are just a couple of major social media sites that can help your business. “Comparing Facebook to Pinterest, the two largest social media sites to date, the driver of higher transaction value is Pinterest.”

Why is Pinterest so useful? “Pinterest has captured a lot of media attention recently as a driver of traffic to e-commerce sites. BizRate’s study revealed that 70% of Pinterest users use the site to ‘get inspiration on what to buy.’ Monetate found that referral traffic from Pinterest was up 2535% year over year and now makes 26% of all social traffic, compared to 1% at the end of 2011.”

If you want to get going on social media, but aren’t sure how to start, or if you are still not convinced on how important it is, read the full article from EpicEcommerce here:  4 Tips to Social Media Success for Your Ecommerce Site. They provide 4 great tips to boost your sales.

What Is Mousejacking?

March 11th, 2016

mousejackingAn article from EpicEcommerce author, Karen Schmidt, refers to the latest ploy for hackers to steal information.  According to research firm Bastille, “mousejacking” is the word being used to describe how hackers use wireless mice or keyboards to access computers and steal information.

Through their security research, Bastille discovered that “you can send out a wireless signal that pretends to be a wireless mouse…. Then, you can have a that fake wireless mouse pretend to be a wireless keyboard, and start controlling someone’s computer”, from this article from CNET.com. Wireless keyboards use encryption, but mice don’t always use encrypted signals.

Read more about this new hacker trend “mousejacking”  and check out a list of affected devices in Epic Ecommerce’s article here: Wireless Mice and Keyboards Latest Tools in Hackers’ Arsenal: Report.



Ways To Promote Your Ecommerce Blog

January 28th, 2016

If you’ve got a great ecommerce blog that contains great content for readers, you may be wondering exactly what steps you should take to promote it.  You do want people to read it after all, right?  In an article from Epic Ecommerce blog, Karen Schmidt lists 5 effective ways to promote your ecommerce blog. 

Share – Share your content on social media and through email.

Quote – Use quotes or interviews from other ecommerce experts for your blog and mention them on social media.

Link – Link your blog on all your social media sites.

Highlight – Make sure the blog button is clear and visible on the top of your website.

Segment – Segment your email list into what people are interest in reading about so you don’t send info to them that they don’t care about.

Karen also shares some links and infographics for more great tips.  You can find those here: Amazingly Effective Ways To Promote Your Ecommerce Blog|Epic Ecommerce.

A Terms Of Service Agreement Will Protect Your Site

January 15th, 2016

terms of service agreementIf you have an online business, you need to have a Terms of Service Agreement (ToS Agreement). A ToS agreement basically states the rules of your website. It’s not against the law not to have one, but it does offer legal protection if you do. A ToS agreement is usually located at the bottom of the home page of business sites. It may also be referred to as “Terms of Service”, “Terms of Use, “ or “Conditions Of Use”. The contents of your ToS agreement will vary depending on the nature of your website, but the most common reasons that you should have one are:

To prevent abuse – A ToS agreement is a legally binding contract between your site and your users. It sets guidelines that users must agree to in order to use your site or mobile app.

To protect your intellectual property – You can legally protect your logo, content, graphics, etc. from theft or misuse.

A limited liability – This limits the websites owner’s liability if services are used for unintended purposes.

Sets the governing law – This refers to the jurisdiction of the stated terms. It is determined by the city and state of where your business is registered.

So how do you get a ToS agreement for your site? You may want to start by using a Terms of Service generator.

How To Protect Your Ecommerce Site With A Terms Of Service Agreement|Epic Ecommerce

Cyber Attacks and Data Breaches Of 2015

January 5th, 2016

cyber attackIt’s no surprise that with the advancements in technology, data breaches are inevitable. 2015 was no disappointment when it came to security breaches. It seemed that just as one data breach was reported, another had made the headlines. EpicEcommerce compiled a list of the top 5 cyber attacks/data breaches of 2015.

Ashley Madison – This adult website’s data breach in July, 2015, exposed personal information of 32 million users.

Anthem Blue Cross – This large insurance company’s database was hacked in February 2015. More than 80 million people’s social security numbers, email addresses and more where leaked.

VTech – In late November 2015, it was revealed that this toy manufacturer neglected to encrypt the data of 6.4 million children. This lead to the exposure of names, genders, birthdates and other private data of these children.

OPM – The Office of Personnel Management was hacked in July 2015 and 21 million people’s sensitive information was affected by it.

FBI Portal Breach – The FBI’s portal was hacked in November 2015 and sensitive information on arrestees was stolen.

The Top Cyber Attacks and Data Breaches Of 2015|EpicEcommerceTools.com

Protect Your Online Business On Cyber Monday

November 30th, 2015

cyber monday hackersIf you own an online business or if you just like to shop online, you know that Cyber Monday is a big day to score great deals. But hackers know that this is a day that many people will be online too. They look at it as a day to take advantage of online businesses that haven’t protected themselves well.

Unfortunately, you don’t even have to be skilled to be a hacker these days. Hackers can buy hacking kits that do all the dirty work for them. Hackers use bot nets to scan thousands of websites at a time and search for vulnerabilities in your system. Hackers even use hashtags like #cybermonday to link to spam and phishing attacks.

If you are a shopper, be aware that hackers often set up social media sites and post “too good to be true” Cyber Monday sales just to steal credit card and other private information from shoppers.

So what do you do to keep the hackers away on Cyber Monday, or any other day? Protect yourself by creating strong passwords, keeping your software up to date, training your staff in internet security, and most importantly, setting up a cyber security protection plan such as Trust Guard Security Scanned.

How To Protect your Ecommerce Site From Hackers This Cyber Monday|Epic Ecommerce Tools

Increase Traffic and Reviews With Shopper Approved

November 19th, 2015

increase trafficIn an article written by Karen Schmidt of EpicEcommerceTools.com, you can read a case study about a business that was able to increase traffic and reviews with the help of Shopper Approved.

The business is Roberts Camera. Roberts has been the Midwest’s premier location for photographic, video and imaging equipment since 1957. He decided to try out Shopper Approved to enhance SEO efforts and increase traffic because he needed a better and more effective way to capture online reviews that was less expensive.

Shopper Approved allows customers to have their reviews show up everywhere, giving maximum visibility. This is important because customer reviews build instant trust and credibility for your company. This is what Roberts Camera wanted.

Read all about how Shopper Approved worked for Roberts Camera and read the testimonial of Roberts here: Case Study: How One Retailer Increased Reviews And Traffic With Shopper Approved.

Live Chat Support On Your Website: Rhino Support

November 11th, 2015

live chat supportHave you made it quick and easy for your visitors to contact you with questions or concerns while browsing your site? Nowadays, more businesses are offering live chat support on their site so visitors won’t click away frustrated without buying. There are different ways of providing live chat support on your site, but one of the top products out there is Rhino Support. Here are some of the features they offer:

Save You Time – Rhino Support helpdesk software was designed to make the process of providing chat support very fast, efficient and really easy to use.

One-Click Ticket Management – Managing tickets is easy for you and your team. From the main control panel you can view the ticket message, quickly assign tickets, mark as important, delete and much, much more.

Quick Set Up – There is no complicated install and you don’t need a special server to use Rhino Support. It can be quickly integrated into your existing business.

Some other key features of Rhino Support include:

  • Speed – Enables you to respond to your customers quickly.
  • Efficiency – A system that isn’t full of unnecessary features.
  • Easy to Use – A system that feels natural, intuitive and easy to use.

For more information check out Rhino Support here: www.rhinosupport.com

How Live Chat Support Wins Customers: Winning With Rhino Support